Dakar 2022: Sébastien Loeb wins the 7th stage in cars and recovers second place overall

The Frenchman won the car special ahead of Carlos Sainz on Sunday.

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And two for Sébastien Loeb! Already winner of the 2nd stage, the Frenchman put the cover back on Sunday, January 9, between Riyadh and Al Dawadimi. He finished in the lead with 5’26 ” ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah, still well ahead of the general. Carlos Sainz completes the podium.

The Bahrain Raid Xtreme rider got off to a good start after a difficult Friday day. Race results: Loeb recovers his second place in the general classification, ahead of Yazeed Al-Rajhi. He also recovers a few minutes from the Qatari leader, who is still ahead of him by 44’59 ”. This is his 16th career scratch on the Dakar, which makes him the 10th most prolific driver in the history of rally-raid.

Giniel De Villiers (Gazoo Racinh Henk) on the other hand made the bad operation of the day. 4th before the start of the stage, he lost almost an hour due to a mechanical problem. Here he is dispatched from the top 5, despite the cancellation of his five-hour penalty on Friday night.

While he has been playing bad luck since the start of the rally-raid, Stéphane Peterhansel has rediscovered his feelings. The Frenchman with 14 Dakar victories, out of the race for the final victory, finished 4th in the special, 9’40 ” behind Loeb.

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